On Finishing Serenade & Old Clichés


There is a curious emptiness many writers feel when a project is finally done. I've finished editing Serenade, and find myself searching for ways to pass the time—plotting a new novel, or working on my TBR pile. It's tempting to keep searching the document for things to edit, but I've already made all the changes …

The Hopelessness of a Firefly


Crickets sang in chorus, a merry song dancing around like freedom. Fireflies drifted from bush to bush, their light bringing sparkle to the hollow. They couldn't outshine the moon, a familiar face in the sky; some believed it saw and knew all. In the light of the moon, I caught a firefly in a my …

Book Review: The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton


The Faerie Ring follows the story of a pickpocket named Tiki. She lives with several other homeless children in Victorian London; together they make a family, looking out for each other when things get rough. When the youngest child, Clara, falls ill with consumption, they find themselves facing a huge hospital bill. It's more than they …

Giveaway Story #3: Tears of a Daemon


Read the other stories--In the Silence and The Sailor's Son! Learn more about the giveaway here! This is my personal favorite. I hope you enjoy it! Tyson had always preferred going places on foot, seeking open space as if it could help him control the strange power within him. For as long as he could …

Giveaway Story #2: The Sailor’s Son


Here is the second story for the Dissonance giveaway! (If you just found out about this and want to know details about how to win, click here!) Reads for the first story and responses to that question still count, you can find it here! Thanks for joining me, and I hope you enjoy! Again, here …

Guest Post: Setbacks and Opportunities


I used to live a twenty-minute drive from a massive, sandy beach. It was never warm there, never suited for lounging and sunbathing. It was always windy, and the north Atlantic water was frigid even on the warmest days. But it was a lovely spot for searching for sand dollars. Sometimes I’d find one within …

What Professor Snape’s Death Tells us about Fiction


Your news feeds are full of Alan Rickman—pictures, quotes, and tributes. Perhaps you're tired of it, which considering the volume of posts would be understandable, but allow me to explain what it means in my point of view. The Rickman post I've seen going around most is this: “Actors are agents of change. A film, …